The Commission on Ministry is charged with providing regular Boundary Awareness Training for Ministers and Commissioned Ruling Elders ministering within the bounds of the Presbytery of Northern New England. This shall consist of abuse prevention training (including boundaries, pastoral ethics and sexual misconduct) and shall be required every five years. Retired Ministers and Commissioned Ruling Elders must undergo this training in order to engage in any church ministry, including, but not limited to, preaching, teaching, counseling, serving on committees, celebrating the sacraments, performing weddings and funerals or any other activities normally associated with the office of Minister or Commissioned Ruling Elder.
Ruling Elders are also strongly encouraged to attend Boundary Awareness Training -- both to be supportive of the ministers with whom they work and to help them be aware of Boundary Issues in their own ministries.
BOUNDARY AWARENESS TRAINING [BAT] 2018
ALL NEW MINISTERS and CRE’s TO PNNE
are required to take BAT as soon as possible after joining PNNE.
ALL ACTIVE MINISTERS and CRE’s
are required to take BAT every five (5) years
BAT EVENTS in 2018
- PNNE’s COM will be hosting one event this year on JUNE 23 at the Bedford NH Presbyterian Church.
Registration will open in May on this page.
- MAINE UCC: you are invited to participate in any of these exciting trainings held by Maine’s UCC:
- April 18 Wiscasset ME Boundary Awareness in the Digital Age
- May 19 Norway ME The Oxymoron of Boundaries in Rural Communities
- June 5 Augusta ME Letting Go: Observing Boundaries in New Ministry Settings/Retirement
- Sept. 18 Ellsworth ME Everyday Boundaries
- Nov 7 Waterville ME Back to Basics
You can register for any of Maine UCC’s events at: http://maineucc.org/boundary-awareness-training/
Be sure to let the Stated Clerk (TJ DeMarco) know when you have taken a BAT so that it can be put on your record.If you choose to pursue BAT elsewhere, you must check with the Stated Clerk to make sure that it is comparable to what we require. You should look for a 5 hour event with a fair amount of sharing and conversation about boundary issues as they impact our lives and our ministries.
BAT FOR RULING ELDERS and other church leaders are encouraged to take BAT when possible but not all BAT events are open to church leaders. There was one in Maine in February and will be next year as well. As other BAT events become available they will be listed here.
Please be aware that you must attend the entire session in order to fulfill the mandated requirement for training.
If training is taken outside PNNE, certification of training MUST be sent to the Stated Clerk, TJ DeMarco.